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UPDATED: Heathrow strikes for 5th August AND 6th August SUSPENDED

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Unite, the union representing 4000+ Heathrow Airport employees, has just announced that the strike scheduled for tomorrow, 5th August has been suspended.

UPDATE, 5pm MONDAY:  Unite has announced that the Tuesday strikes have also been postponed.  Workers will vote on a new pay offer tabled by the airport.  Strike on 23rd / 24th August remain on the table whilst this vote takes place.

The suspension only affects the first day of planned strike action. At this time, the second day – commencing at 00:01 on Tuesday morning and running until 23:59 Tuesday Evening – is still scheduled to go ahead.

The suspension has been agreed in order to allow further talks between senior Heathrow Airport and Unite officials at ACAS tomorrow, with the intention of “averting a second day of planned strike action”.

It is not clear how airlines will respond to this. Contingency plans already set in place – including the diversion of some flights to other London airports – are likely to remain, although the stricter rules on hand baggage may now be lifted for Monday.

Comments (35)

  • DaveWinch says:

    What utter scumbags – leaving uncertainty until the very last minute for people travelling tomorrow (not to mention the cancellations) and now leaving travellers on Tuesday in the same boat.

    • marcw says:

      Of course,,, they waited until LHR main customer cancelled flights…

    • Able Archer says:

      Of course the real scumbags are the Heathrow owners for not paying decent wages to the workers who keep the whole place ticking over day after day.

      If you can’t run a big organisation like Heathrow and pay people properly then you shouldn’t be in business.

      • The Original David says:

        Or the passengers who would otherwise buy tickets out of Luton than pay more at Heathrow, or the government for not mandating a high-enough minimum wage, or the electorate for not voting for communism etc etc – where do you draw the line?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Not all cancellations are bad for people. Sometimes you end up with a better flight time or terminal etc. Sure the flights will be back on the timetable tomorrow.

    • Paul says:

      I don’t find workers who are standing up for their rights scumbags. Obviously they haven’t been afforded the wealth that you’ve been born with!

      I think you should be more careful with your choice of phrases. There’s clearly a negotiation going on here and any intelligent person would know you need something to bargain with.

      • Genghis says:

        The strike is over pay. Is it a worker’s right to be paid more?

        • Evan says:

          Why shouldn’t they have the right to ask for more? I bet you’d like the possibility to ask for more if you felt you weren’t being treated fairly?

          • Genghis says:

            Yeah – fair point. Trouble is, these guys have little bargaining power outside the collective. If I think I’m underpaid, I simply move elsewhere.

    • Paul says:

      There are 2 sides to this dispute…..

  • Shoestring says:

    BBC says that cancelled flights already announced will be reinstated

    not surprising as most/ some of them were going to fly empty anyway to avoid aircraft out of position

    holidaymakers: you shall go to the ball 🙂

  • Roberto says:

    Good news…..
    Wishing every one the very best tomorrow..

    • BJ says:

      Yes, passengers and staff both. Let’s hope the matter gets well on the way to being resolved tomorrow. At the end of the day the airport is going to make a profit (all but guaranteed from their favoured status) so why on earth not share a bit more with their staff and keep things running safely and smoothly for their passengers.

  • BJ says:

    If the LHR situation was stressing you out then spare a thought for HKG passengers, half of all flights cancelled tomorrow due to runway closure (ht LoyaltyLobby).

  • Alex M says:

    Data point: It took about 6 minutes to go through security in T5 15 minutes ago..

    • Lyn says:

      Thank you. Was Fast Track open?

      One or two more data points during the day could be useful if anyone else feels like adding them.

      • Alex M says:

        Fast track was open, everything was working like it was a normal monday morning.

        • Lyn says:

          Thank you Alex M. That’s very helpful for planning my own journey to T5 and probably for other people too..

    • BJ says:

      Don’t recall ever getting through security at EDI in 6m on a normal day so maybe we need a strike too.

      • Lyn says:

        An afternoon data point for T5. Seems quieter than usual. Only 2 minutes through South Fast Track security, which is a first.

        The security people were polite and friendly but obviously anxious themselves to hear news of the negotiations..

      • Lady London says:

        Be careful what you wish for, BJ !

  • Chuck says:

    BA must think Tuesday will be called off too. I have checked in online for my flight to KEF no baggage restrictions or indication of slow security lines etc

  • Richard Shakeshaft says:

    …and, sitting in the Cathay lounge, I’ve just watched the BA A350 take off, followed by the classic 1980s livery 747.

  • Peter says:

    I am trying to change my T5 flight tomorrow in line with BA’s website advice.

    “If you are booked to travel on a British Airways operated shorthaul flight from London Heathrow on 6 August, you can rebook onto an alternative British Airways operated flight in the same cabin.
    You can rebook to travel from: London Heathrow (LHR) on any available dates between 5 and 12 August 2019, excluding 6 August. London Gatwick (LGW) or London City (LCY) on any available dates between 5 and 12 August 2019.”

    The BA call centre are interpreting the advice on the website as meaning you CANNOT change your LHR flight tomorrow to one out of City or Gatwick tomorrow. Am I missing something?

    • Lady London says:

      Someone posted yesterday that they encountered initial refusal moving lhr to lcy dame but after quoting the website it was done.